Day after bandh, city cops pull plug on Mevani's event

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However, when Mumbai police denied them permission for the event, Chhatra Bharati Students Organisation started protesting and declared that they will continue with the conference by taking it to streets. Police also detained over 100 students, who were to participate in the seminar in Vile Parle (West), for "unlawful assembly".

Demanding the release of the detained students, scores of students squatted outside the Juhu police station raising anti-government slogans.

Addressing a gathering at Pune's Shaniwar Wada fort on the 200th anniversary of the historically significant Battle of Koregaon, Mevani allegedly called for a "revolution" and said it will have to come about on the roads.

Bikkad said that at a meeting held on December 31, Mewani and Khalid made allegedly inflammatory speeches that could create misunderstanding between communities, and included excerpts from the objectionable speeches. "We will also be recording statements of some others as part of the probe". "Reason police is citing is the news doing the rounds about Umar Khalid and Jignesh Mevani for the past few days", he added.

An FIR was filed against the Gujarat MLA and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student leader Umar Khalid yesterday for their alleged provocative speeches during an event in Pune on December 31.

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"Umar Khalid and Jignesh Mevani have been invited at this event here, this had been fixed earlier", said Sagar Bhalerao of the Chhatra Bharati.

The "Maharashtra Bandh" was called by Dalit organisations on Wednesday in protest against the clashes at the bicentenary celebrations. "Me or my organisation has never discriminated between Dalits and non-Dalits", he said. "We wanted to present our views, but the BJP government feels threatened by students", Richa Singh said.

In the battle, which was fought between the British East India Company, containing Dalits in its infantry, and the Peshwas, who were upper-caste Brahmins, at Koregaon Bhima on January 1, 1818, the Marathas ultimately withdrew.

Individually, Pune police today lodged an FIR in opposition to Mevani and Khalid in Pune's Vishrambaug Police Station under sections 153 (A), 505 and 117 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), as per reports of ANI.

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